Talk Is Cheap

Or so “they” say. But actually, it’s not.
In an attempt to stave off being homeless next month, here’s a bit of a wacky, harebrained thought…

If you enjoy this blog and would like to see it continue, contribute a dollar (there’s a PayPal button on the sidebar). That’s it… ONE DOLLAR. Slightly more than the price of a chocolate bar.

Sorry, I hate to impose and I realize that it’s shamefully undignified, but I can’t carry on doing this for nothing. Well nothing… even less than that, in fact. I did the math a while back and it works out that I make about $0.004 per post. The expression “That’s my two cents!” is considerably overpriced as it turns out.

Sadly, I’ve got overhead and will shortly be in the situation of being divorced (long story — bottom line: after 30 years, I get stuck holding the bag with all the costs and responsibilities…) and most probably homeless. Not the end of the world… I suppose there will be some dismal fun and adventure in that, but it’s not really a place I’m keenly looking forward too. Thankfully, I’ve familiarized myself with “Hobo Matters” and am conversant with actuaries and their tattoos.

Think of it as something similar to those awful “pledge drives” on PBS (minus the insufferable pandering) or to reference a more topical situation, a “bailout”… That may come across as sarcastic, but I’m entirely serious.

Update: SQ mentioned the hackneyed “for less than a cup of coffee” and “now more than ever” appeals made by our PBS friends.

Well, I can’t launch a new episode of Dr. Who off the cuff, but can offer up the following to address the question of what you get for the price of your “double-double” (or “babies milk” or sugar-free vanilla soy latte, as the case may be). For lack of a better word… context.

75 Replies to “Talk Is Cheap”

  1. Hmmm. I can’t seem to log in to PayPal through that link. It keeps giving me an error message: “Please enter an amount greater than zero.” Even though I do enter an amount (and I have an account).

  2. Fantod: It’s working, I just tossed in few bucks.

    Red: You forgot to use all the cliches Public Television uses — “now more than ever”, “if you want quality programming to continue” “less than a cup of coffee a day”…

  3. SQ — Thanks. “For less than a cup of coffee…” Seems you’ve endured some of their terribly earnest, but unwatchable pledge-drives. We used to give money to them just to make them stop (and have the Dr. Who premiums to prove it).

  4. RT…You have my email address. Would you please send me yours? I can’t donate in any of those ways but do have another way – but need your addy.

  5. Penlan — mrayner@shaw.ca

    Giving out e-mail addys isn’t proper form, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Unfortunately, WordPress is remarkably dumb in some respects and while I could stealthily encode it with some Javascript, WP won’t let me do that.

  6. Sorry to hear about your troubles.

    Just sent something your way.

    Hmmm. I can’t seem to log in to PayPal through that link. It keeps giving me an error message: “Please enter an amount greater than zero.” Even though I do enter an amount (and I have an account).

    Fantod, I was having the same problems. Have you tried updating the amount and then entering your account info?

  7. Red,

    A few more bucks on the way. Sorry to hear about your misfortune.

    Fantod, you have to press the “update amount” button under the amount box…

  8. Best of luck Red. Reading your blog has been worth at least a few bucks.

    I hope the future provides you with some rewarding opportunities.

  9. Red,

    Sorry to hear you’re down on your luck.

    I sent a bit of help your way. Hope everything works out.

  10. I hope your current challanges pass. As I don’t eat chocolate bars, equivalent of a pound of coffee it on it’s way.

  11. Red: You missed an opportunity. You could have had a fundraiser for an “EDIT\REVIEW” button. It could have been the ‘bonus gift’, your way of saying thank you.

    No cliche left behind!

  12. Red, I’m sorry to hear this. Sent a donation your way. Also sending good thoughts.

    Meanwhile, can you two be like some Hollywood couples…maybe each live in a different area of the house? I hate to think of you homeless.

  13. SQ — I checked into that. All of the edit/preview options require that the site be privately hosted. Not a huge deal, but something that requires time/effort to undertake.

  14. Fantod, you have to press the “update amount” button under the amount box…

    Thanks. That’s exactly what I was doing wrong. That’s what I get for trying to do anything that involves following instructions right before bed.

    Anyhow, donation’s on its way!

  15. Well, I was going to send my $5 to Kate MacMillan for a new airbrushed goalie helmet, but what the heck…Daffy Duck (and the whole gang) can wait.

  16. Oh, and just think: with Great Depression V 2.0 due any day now, you’re getting a head start on us! If Bush and McCain are right, we’ll see you at the Hooverville in about a month or two.

    Sad thought, actually. Seriously though, hope it works out for you…and us.

  17. Well, I was going to send my $5 to Kate MacMillan for a new airbrushed goalie helmet…

    Now there’s a thought. If enough people did that, maybe she’d stop blogging.

  18. I just donated money, but no babies milk and no ice cream dammit, PETA be damned. 😉

    I’m sorry to hear about the divorce, I just assumed you were joking before about your soon to be ex-wife. Anyway, hope things get resolved without too many lawyer bills involved.

  19. Much as the idea of you blogging from under the Johnson St bridge has some appeal to me, count me in for a fiver when I get to a secure computron.

  20. Sorry to hear about the divorce, but… ME TOO!

    Yes, my marriage ended with a crash last June-July. I’ve got three kids.

    So, can’t afford a penny for you. Too broke myself.

  21. There you go Red, $5 as promised. After the Liberals take their thrashing in this election and Mr Harper is delivered his majority, I can’t wait to see the face of this blog.

    Hey, who knows, maybe we can work together to keep the CPC on the straight and narrow. Not all of us conservatives are ultra right wing, religious nutjobs.

  22. Not all of us conservatives are ultra right wing, religious nutjobs.

    Perish the thought. Some of you are just fanatically Right-wing, secular nutjobs. I hope future historians make a note of that when you yobs are done annihilating this country.

    I can see it now. Footnoting a sentence describing how Canada was forcibly annexed to the U.S. as a protectorate in 2015, an historian could say, “The continentalist, anti-Canadian trojan horses who were largely responsible for the internal destabilisation that made this Anschluss possible always maintained that they were not “ultra right wing, religious nutjobs”. Splendid…

    But getting back to Omar’s earlier point about donations to Red Tory being tax-deductable–why shouldn’t they be, philosophically speaking?

    Really, when you consider the fact that party donations are deductible, and that blogs belonging to partisan aggregators are essentially party organs, the failure to offer deductions to blog donations seems arbitrary. The law needs changing in that regard, methinks.

    Non-aligned blogs like mine wouldn’t qualify, of course, but it seems unfair that widely-known and effective bloggers working (at least nominally) on behalf of political parties are refused tax incentives to which the parties themsevles enjoy access.

    It seems especially unfair given that many bloggers provide more effective advocacy on the issues than the party leaders themselves seem able to manage. I mean, how many of us, if given the choice, wouldn’t vote for Red (or KNB or BigCityLib, etc.) rather than Dion, or for Dr. Dawg rather than Layton? Or for me rather than whoever is leading the Rhinos? Christ, I’d even take DBT over Harper (mind you, I would also take a foot locker full of anthrax over Harper).

    I don’t know. It just seems mighty odd.

  23. Some of you are just fanatically Right-wing, secular nutjobs.

    I think they’re even less than that. What is remarkable about them is that they stand for nothing at all.

  24. Wow, the venom is thick in here. Sucks when you are saddled to a bunch of losers and all you have left is vitriol.

    Hey Sir Frank, put down the bong ya tool. Harper will not be the destruction of Canada. As well, I am getting tired of being accused on this blog of hating Canada, I have stated my patriotic stance here more than once. I really shouldn’t be offended really considering douches like you would love nothing more than to turn this fine country into a European socialist/statist so-called utopia so you could double your welfare payments on the backs of people like me. I think the majority (at least enough to control the government) of Canadians are tired of chattering lefties like you.

    I will enjoy the silence from your court on Oct. 15th. Oh, you will keep chattering, but no one will care to listen.

  25. Sucks when you are saddled to a bunch of losers and all you have left is vitriol.

    Well, we’d go back to using facts, evidence, logic and reason and humour (which wingnuts are incapable of) but we’ve all realised that’s wasted on you people. You’re unreachable, unteachable and proud of it.

    Anyway, all you Conservatives have ever had is vitriol. Go do the rounds of the Blogging Tories and note the shrill, screechy monotone that characterises Conservative discourse.

    You guys are soooo in for it.

  26. …….and note the shrill, screechy monotone that characterises Conservative discourse.

    Unlike that honey sweet , soothing intercourse you rely on daily ?

  27. “for less than the cost of a bong hit a day….”

    wish i could offer more help, marty, but things have been tight. maybe again next month. good luck, bub.

    KEvron

  28. Hello RedTory…….sorry to hear about your divorce, I will keep you in my prayers (I know you don’t believe, but take the intention as well meaning at least)

    How can I donate? I have a paypal account.

    Do you live in the GTA? If so I would like to take you out for lunch, you might be in Vancouver if I recall, if you are ever in the area, make a post about it and I will get in touch with you.

    All the best!

  29. Unlike that honey sweet , soothing intercourse you rely on daily ?

    Honey sweet, soothing intercourse I rely on?

    I don’t think you really know how to use that word,.

    Tell me…are you still hanging out over at KKKate’s, or did the screeching of her minions get to you too?

  30. well, there is “winning at any cost”….

    Yeah but I have a hard time understanding what they think they’ll do with the victory. Red State America got screwed over royally; the only point I’m seeing to the Harpies is to make sure Americans stay addicted to petroleum, which Alberta is planning to sell to them.

    I think it’s profoundly psychological with that segment of the population so benumbed and ignorant that anything about the real world must terrify them. So, they have to be in control, or they believe they’ll perish.

    Problem is, when they are in control…they wreck everything.

  31. Red:

    I’d say I’ll pray for you as well, but given the links I send your way, I’m pretty sure you’ll understand if I refrain 🙂

    I *do* hope everything works out. I’ve enjoyed reading you since RT v1.0 (I think).

  32. I really shouldn’t be offended really considering douches like you would love nothing more than to turn this fine country into a European socialist/statist so-called utopia so you could double your welfare payments on the backs of people like me.

    LOL! The “backs of people” like you? As if you’re actually employable…? As if “people like you” are not the biggest sink-holes of tax dollars?

    How many years did you spend in Grade Ten, Jim? How many tax dollars were sunk into the futile project of kicking some common sense into your useless skull?

    But thanks for demonstrating how easy it is to strip away the veneer of respectability from neo-con bitwits like you and to expose the Europhobic, anti-Western rot at the core. You hate European culture? Welcome to Al-Qaeda, you worthless dickwit.

    I think the majority (at least enough to control the government) of Canadians are tired of chattering lefties like you.

    Yeah. About 36% of them are flocking–in a huge, unstoppable mass–to your piece-of-shit party. I’m overwhelmed. It’s a revolution…

    I will enjoy the silence from your court on Oct. 15th.

    I support neither the Liberals nor the NDP, you blithering cretin.

    I’m a conservative, not that you would recognise real conservatism if it buggered you with a Tabasco sauce-dipped dildo.

    The “silence” you will hear is the silence you always hear: it’s the sound of your maladaptive synapses lying dormant, you stagnant puddle of roach piss.

    Now go and donate your body to science. Do something productive for once in your pathetic life.

  33. I’m a conservative, not that you would recognise real conservatism if it buggered you with a Tabasco sauce-dipped dildo.

    How can we be expected to recognize it when all the “conservatives” in office aren’t real conservatives?

  34. I can’t offer money right now, but I’m in Victoria, so
    I can offer food and couch, if it gets to that. Drop me a line if you need to.

  35. Two bucks inbound.

    “European socialist/statist so-called utopia”

    ahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  36. You know, if you hadn’t been so blatantly critical and negative regarding everything Dion these past few weeks I may have found it in my heart to help a brother out, but this I cannot do. It’s nothing personal of course, it’s strictly business. That and I hear being homeless in Victoria is a walk in the climate friendly park. Bonne chance, mon ami.

  37. That’s a little harsh. I clued in quite a while ago about what might have been motivating the tone of this blog. It’s still didn’t stop me from enjoying Red’s writing.

    *sigh*

  38. That’s a little harsh.

    It was and I retract the homeless crack. It was uncalled for and I apologize for making it.

    I will say that I have found it rather difficult to wade through RT’s relentless floggings of Mr Dion of late regardless of what may or may not have been motivating them. Perhaps the Red Tory apple doesn’t fall too far from the Tory tree after all.

  39. Why don’t you move in with Ti-Guy. Then you can both collect unemployment and smoke dope til the sun comes up.

    I don’t collect unemployment and I don’t smoke dope.

    Why don’t you post your address, so I can come over to your house and kick your trailer trash ass?

    Just kidding. I’m sure having cancer of the soul is punishment enough for you.

  40. Why don’t you post your address, so I can come over to your house and kick your trailer trash ass?

    Non sequitur alert!

    He’s either in a trailer or a house, Ti. I’m thinking trailer, frankly.

    I’m also thinking he’s about nine years old, so making him stand in a corner would suffice.

  41. “Why don’t you move in with Ti-Guy. Then you can both collect unemployment and smoke dope til the sun comes up.”

    How is this a bad thing…?

  42. He’s either in a trailer or a house…

    Well, I do tend to think of trailer trash as a lifestyle unrelated to the dwelling. Most of the trailer trash around here live in relatively attractive suburbs, actually.

    But I do take your point.

  43. RT,

    You still here, somewhere? I saw your comment on your about page, but nothing since. And yes, that commenter may have had some strange stuff on their blog, but ignore that. Do they have a point? Do you need some help? We’re just blogreaders and have no way of telling for sure if you are really down.

    Did the money help? Do you need more?

  44. Having just visited family in Denmark, Belgium and France, I can’t think of a better vision for our Canada than ‘a European socialist utopea’.
    Denmark Madsens are inventing alternative energy sources like the Wave Dragon, while others work in ‘green collar’ jobs. The young all can attend universities (as long as they achieve good results in their different studies). Childcare for the young ones is brilliant and visits to homes for the aged were eye-opening; couples live together. Here we have situations where couples are separated in different homes because their needs to be cared for did not occur at the same time!

    I miss your writing, Red Tory. Take care of yourself. I’ll keep donating until you come back to us.

  45. I tried to donate some money but the pay pal thingy wouldn’t let me do it because I have a credit card from the U.S – and a billing address in Canada.

    Is there a way I could just mail it to you, or drop it off on my way to class or coming back? email me for details.

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